2015 Dell Young Leaders Programme for South African University Students

Dell Young Leaders are first-generation South African university students who demonstrate resilience and great potential to become leaders in their chosen professions.

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation works with exceptional young people who have track records of overcoming adversity, and who show the potential to become leaders in their professional lives and communities.By offering comprehensive support to get students to and through university, we help our Young Leaders graduate and find meaningful employment in their chosen professions.
At scale, this programme will serve 500 active university students across South Africa. The goal of the programme is ensure that 80% of students on the programme make it to graduation and 100% of graduates are placed in the world of work.

Each academic year 100 Dell Young Leaders are selected across the University of Cape Town and University of Pretoria. Each Dell Young Leader receives financial support and wrap-around services that help to level the playing field for these first-generation university students.

Students who are accepted into the programme begin university with seemingly insurmountable odds, but have a track record of overcoming adversity and leadership potential. After receiving individualized academic and psychosocial support as well as holistic work readiness training, graduates leave the programme ready to defy the odds, secure employment and position themselves for a lifetime of success.


  • The Dell Young Leaders Programme helps close the gap between employer expectations and higher education outcomes by empowering university students with training and tools that will lead to more successful professional careers.
  • In addition to financial support and academic training from top tier universities, Dell Young Leaders receive individualized support to help navigate their way through unique scenarios – through customized services or technology solutions. on-campus support staff, or Dell Young Leaders peer mentors.

How to Apply:

Students in their first year of study at the University of Pretoria and University of Cape Town are eligible to apply for the Dell Young Leaders Programme. Financial aid students are nominated by the respective institutions for the bursary, and students are then invited to apply to the programme.


University of Pretoria:  Tel: 012-420-4874 Email: [email protected]

University of Cape Town: Tel: 021-650 4147 Email: [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Dell Young Leaders Programme 


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